Police said he “refused to provide satisfactory details” and was subsequently arrested.
Once officers were “satisfied with details he eventually provided” he was released, but not without a £60 fine.
In accordance with our Park Priorities a cyclist was stopped in Kensington Gardens, cycling in a non designated area. Refused to provided satisfactory details and arrested. Once officers were satisfied with details he eventually provided he was released with a sixty pound fine. pic.twitter.com/vP5ttSNgxu
— Royal Parks Police (@MPSRoyal_Parks) July 31, 2022
People took to Twitter to vent their frustration, or support, after the arrest and fine.
One user said: “What a complete waste of time and resources”.
But another said “Cyclists - completely oblivious to their impact on pedestrians!”
In May, Royal Parks Police issued a reminder to cyclists that it “continues to be an offence to cycle in Green Park or St James Park - triable in the criminal courts.
“Please comply with the signage,” police said on Twitter, alongside photographs of the words ‘No Cycling’ painted on the pavement or on a sign.
Police officers and community support officers can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for cycling in parks where signs say you should not.
Kensington Gardens is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 265 acres.